Lian-Li was one of the first companies to introduce the use of aluminum into PC computer cases. In fact, this is the primary construction material used in all of their cases. The main benefit to aluminum is the reduced weight for the enclosure. Steel cases could get extremely heavy once the components were installed while aluminum cases are much lighter. Another benefit is that aluminum is a better conductor of heat than steel. This supposedly allows the internal components to dissipate heat faster than a steel case.
The PC-V1100B is an aluminum case from Lian-Li that is designed to try and produce a silent computing environment. A large number of features have been included to try and help reduce the amount of noise that escapes from the components inside of the case. While no case is going to completely isolate the noise generated by the various fans, the silent name is given because it reduces internal noise to lower levels than a traditional case design.
One of the first and most glaring items one will notice on the box is the Value markings. Lian-Li is not known for low cost cases and the PC-V1100B is no different. The case costs twice as much as steel cases that come equipped with a power supply and is a good deal more than competitor aluminum cases. Read on to find out what exactly one is paying for in this case.